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Nola Aileen Horchler













Nola Aileen Horchler, 97, passed on June 6th, 2018 at The Village of Westerville where she lived since 2015. She was born on January 29, 1921 in Westerville Ohio to Royal and Eva Smith. She enjoyed a fun filled healthy life with her four kids and their families, John Horchler of Columbus, Sandra Murray of Denver, Ed and Barbara Wells of Westerville and Dick and Peggy Drake of Carmel, Indiana.  She was blessed to have six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren whom she loved very much.

Nola Smith joined the service in 1941 and served for two years as a Lieutenant Army nurse.   After the war, she attended Ohio State University where she met Jack Horchler – also a WWII Army Glider Pilot and they married in June 1950 in Columbus, Ohio.  Jack passed in December 2007 so on the date of Nola’s celebration – they would have been married 68 years. They loved each other very much and always told their kids how much they loved them.

A gathering in Nola’s memory will be held Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Village of Westerville, 215 Huber Village Blvd., Westerville, Ohio 43081.

The family is planning a military burial this summer and are at peace that their parents are together.

As they would always say,  “Over and out from Ole Jack and Sweet Nola.”


Don’t cry for me in sadness,

and don’t weep for me in sorrow,
for I will be beside you,

as sure as comes tomorrow.

My body may be gone, but my spirit lives on,

as does my love for you.
Just as in life,

I’ll always be there to watch over you.

My life lives on in you, my children.

Oh, how I’ve watched you grow.
I’ll live on within you,

always by your side.

Please remember all the good times

and the days when we’ve had fun.

Don’t forget to reach out when you need me,

 for I will always be near.
Just talk to me, as if I am there

and I promise, I will hear.

I will live on, within your souls,

so we will never be apart.
As long as you keep my memory,

deep within your heart.

Please don’t be sad, my spirit hasn’t gone.

For as long as you are here,

I continue to live on.



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  • Carrie, Kevin, and Kenny Farmer says:

    Peace, Love, and Hugs.

    Carrie, Kevin, and Kenny

  • Sandra Kay Murray says:

    Hi My Beautiful Mom! I will miss you so very much – the twinkle in your eye and your infectious giggle. You and Dad always taught us kids to be kind to others – and you were our best example. People loved you Mom…and you will always have a place in other’s hearts. I love you! YOur daughter, Sandra Kay.

  • Pat says:

    RIP. Thank you for your service.

  • Craig Young says:

    Nola’s family. NolaI may be gone however she will never be forgotten. She was a great aunt and I love dear dear life I will always remember the times I had with she and her husband Jack. I have very fond memories of the times we spent together at family gatherings. I wish we would’ve had more time together as they lived several states away while growing up. You had two great parents always remember that and whatever you do stay close together as a family May God bless you snd Nola.

  • Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC says:

    God Bless/RIP.A heartfelt Thank YOU,Lt.Horchler for your service in The United States Army Nurses Corps in WWII.The USA would NOT be as it is today.YOU and Jack are”ONE OF” The Greatest Generation..Interment with Military Honors,Later.. And Semper Fi…. MA’AM

  • Peter MacKenzie, Honor Flight Columbus says:

    The service and sacrifice of Nola and Jack will never be forgotten. Nola took flew on an Honor Flights in 2012, and is a part of our memories and history. Our cherished World War II Veterans quite literally saved the world, in exchange for a debt of sacrifice that we will never be able to repay. On behalf of Honor Flight Columbus, please accept our most sincere condolences.

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